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Legend has it that when Michelangelo saw Italian sculptor Ghiberti's (1378-1455) doors for the east portal of the baptistery in Florence's Piazza del Duomo-comprising ten gilded bronze panels and standing more than 15 feet high-he dubbed them the "Gates of Paradise." Edited by Radke (humanities, Syracuse Univ.; coauthor, Art, Power, and Patronage in Renaissance Florence), this catalog accompanies exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (through 10/13/07) and New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art (through 1/13/08) showing three of the door's panels in all their newly restored splendor (they have never before traveled outside Italy and, according to the publisher, they will never again). Several diagrams and 269 color photographs document the doors, their frame, and the restoration process in exquisite detail; Ghiberti's casting method and finishing techniques also come across. Essays by 12 scholars and conservators cover all aspects of Ghiberti's masterpiece. Completing the volume is a chronology of Ghiberti's life. This book updates Richard Krautheimer's classic 1956 monograph, Lorenzo Ghiberti(Princeton Univ.), with new information on Ghiberti's artistic process, designs, and symbolism. Essential for all art libraries and highly recommended for academic libraries.